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Trouble brewing in Thailand again

March 14, 2010

According to the Bangkok Post and the BBC trouble has brewing in Thailand again with somewhere around 100,000 protestors taking to the streets of Bangkok demanding that the Prime Minister resign and dissolve the House of Representatives setting in train a new set of elections. 

This is all part of the long running battle between the pro and anti Thaksin forces which has bedeviled the country since Thaksin Shinawatra was ousted in a military coup in 2006.  His party was subsequently banned, but further incarnations have arisen, received significant electoral backing and then also been ruled illegal. 

Frankly barring some form of government of National Unity which at least addresses some of the concerns of the rural poor it seems unlikely that this will be resolved in a peaceful way. 

Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see whether the 1,000,000 protestors that have been threatened materialise and what the impact of the further protests which are planned for key sites across Bangkok tomorrow and in the coming days have on the ability of the government to govern.

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